Set on the cusp of Melbourne’s largest area of natural bushland 4 Fenwick Street sets a new precedent for luxury apartment living. Booroondara’s Studley Ward features projects by some of Australia’s most influential architects. Designs by Robin Boyd, Roy Grounds and Fredirick Romberg all feature in the area and inform the tone of this project. Boyd, Grounds and Romberg were famously part of the Australian Brutalism movement of the 1960s and 70s which sought to undo the decorative styling of buildings and return architecture to its rawest and most concrete form.
4 Fenwick Street is a reflection of this architype. Its finishes are raw, its complexion is bare and its design simple. In addition to Boyd and his contemporaries, Fenwick St also channels other works that sprang to life during Melbourne’s Brutalist era. The Melbourne University Carpark, famous for its hyperbolic concrete arches specifically informed the thinking of this development.
Using heavy concrete structures as a starting point, the facade is comprised of a repeating hyperbolic curve. These features, while serving a structural functional, also allowed for glazed corners that protected views of Studley Park. The strong concrete arches used within the design also serve as brutalist representations of the surrounding natural bushland. Almost surprisingly the ra w concrete utilised in this building helps it to blend into its natural surroundings.
4 Fenwick Street’s bold and brutal approach sets it apart from other apartment projects. It promotes a new style of luxury, one highlighted by raw concrete, the considered use of brick and lush landscaping. This design is both a celebration of architectural precedent within the Studley park area and modern continuation of Australian Brutalism.